South Church linked with Dunnottar
What a difference a day makes! Why don’t we agree to make this week do even more? Sunday heralded the start of seven days of prayer for Christian unity. Rosslyn prayed with us for all in our immediate community and in the wider world. The prayers for others included everyone, irrespective of faith, encouraging peace, hope and understanding as we face the barrage of trouble illustrated in the media.
Listening is a much-undervalued skill and Rosslyn sat with the children to tell them the story of Samuel, the boy in the temple and of how carefully he had to listen to the word of God to be able to tell others.
Telling us the story of two less wellknown apostles, Philip and Nathanael, Rosslyn explained how Jesus demonstrated repeatedly how well he knew each one, not just their physical appearance but also their heart. Let us join enthusiastically in the prayers for Christian unity this week secure in the belief that God knows and understands each and every one of us, as the song goes ‘Getting to know you, getting to know all about you!’
This week, Dunnottar session will meet on Wednesday the 20th at 7pm in the Upper Room. South Session will meet on February 4.
Fellowship coffee at St Bridget’s 10-11.30 on the 22nd, Craft group from 2-4 in the South conservatory.
Last Sunday was the first time this year we were in our usual location at Carronhill so Pastor Nathan reminded us in terms of new year resolutions to resolve to focus our attention on God.
Nathan continued his series on the seven deadly sins with special attention on anger. He shared that it is a universal problem, but that anger is something we rarely define. Instead, we merely justify our anger, blaming other people and circumstances. The Bible, Nathan reminded us, does give examples of righteous anger—an anger that loves what is holy, good and godly. However, he also challenged us to recognize that our anger is rarely righteous and more often selfish.
Jesus dealt with our wrong anger by his death and resurrection. The religious leaders despised Jesus, the government officials hated him and a criminal crucified next to him hurled insults. Jesus became an object of our wrath so that he might forgive our anger. His love conquered our animosity. His forgiveness compels forgiven people to “be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Our usual activities have now resumed - check out our website or facebook page for further details.
News from St James
and St Philip’s
Worship on Sunday, January 18, was conducted by the Rev Jane Nelson, both at 8.30 (said Eucharist) and at 10.30 (sung Eucharist with hymns). Today marks the beginning of the week of prayer for Christian Unity and Jane’s intercessions reflected this. She preached on the gospel reading, John 1. 43-end, where Jesus called Philip and Nathaniel to follow him, Simon Peter and Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, having already been enlisted to be the first members of Jesus’ embryonic band of disciples.
The next social event at St James will be the Burns Supper this Saturday, January 24 – if you haven’t signed up yet, be quick because there are very few seats left!
One of the features of being a church operating as a ‘vacant charge’ is that the Bishop of Brechin, the Very Rev Nigel Paton, together with the Rev Jane Nelson and Dr Peter Smart, Diocesan Warden of Readers, will be visiting to take services.
The Bishop celebrated the Eucharist yesterday (Wednesday) and will do so again for the main, 10.30 Eucharist on Sunday, January 25, where the theme is the Conversion of Paul.
Otherwise, services will be conducted by our Lay Readers, Arma and Anne.